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The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade 

Jason Bancroft
Updated January 2, 2020 6.5k votes 267 voters 1.6k views 107 items

List Rules Vote up the science fiction movies you love that were released between 2010-2019.

Science fiction fans need to step forward because it's time to vote for the best sci-fi movies of the decade. The genre is more vibrant than ever, thanks to advancements in CGI technology that allow filmmakers to create new worlds and new creatures. As a result, audiences have enjoyed more immersive, ambitious, and action-packed sci-fi flicks than ever before.

What follows is a comprehensive list of the best sci-fi movies of the 2010s. Your votes will rank these titles, allowing the most memorable to rise to the top. If your favorite is ranking too low, vote it up so it can climb higher. Aside from choosing the top entries, this list will provide a handy go-to resource for anyone looking for a good recommendation. By voting, you'll not only be supporting the movies you love, but you'll also be helping other film buffs discover their next obsession.

The best science fiction movies of the 2010s have a lot of diversity. Some of the greatest sci fi movies of the past decade, like Arrival and Annihilation, tackle weighty subject matter, providing thrills and intellectual engagement in equal measure. Others, such as the recent Star Wars episodes or Gravity, offer old-fashioned adventure and excitement. There's something for everyone, but you'll decide which ones triumph. 

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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Released: 2014

Directed by: James Gunn

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more
2
Inception is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more
3
Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Released: 2014

Directed by: Doug Liman

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film. The film takes place in a future where Earth is ...more
4
The Martian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2015

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by Andy Weir. An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him gone, and must ...more
5
Avengers: Infinity War ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
starwarssuperfan added Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2018

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians ...more
6
Blade Runner 2049 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Rotten Tomatoes score: 87%

Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve. It is the sequel to Blade Runner and will have Harrison Ford reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Thirty ...more
7
Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

Released: 2014

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more
8
Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Released: 2015

Directed by: George Miller

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more
9
Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

Released: 2017

Directed by: Taika Waititi

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must win a gladiatorial duel against an ...more
10
Arrival is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, based on the short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang. It stars Amy ...more
11
Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac

Released: 2015

Directed by: Alex Garland

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Ex Machina is a 2015 independent science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Alex Garland. A young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to participate in a ground-breaking ...more
12
Rogue One: A Star Wars S... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed

Released: 2016

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

This film is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter (Felicity Jones) of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to take the plans.
13
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

Released: 2016

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the Marvel Comics character. After a career-ending car collision, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more
14
Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

Released: 2014

Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more
15
Ready Player One is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn

Released: 2018

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Ernest Cline. Teenager Wade Owen Watts (Tye Sheridan), who frequents the ...more
16
Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more
17
Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Released: 2017

Directed by: James Gunn

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family ...more
18
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92%

Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more
19
The Book of Eli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

Released: 2010

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Rotten Tomatoes score: 47%

The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-Western and action film directed by the Hughes brothers, written by Gary Whitta, and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, ...more
20
Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, and the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. After Thanos (Josh ...more
21
Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton

Released: 2013

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Snowpiercer is a 2013 South Korean-Czech dystopian science-fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. A new ...more
22
X-Men: Days of Future Pa... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2014

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn; directed by Matthew Vaughn.
23
Star Trek Into Darkness ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

Released: 2013

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009's Star Trek. J. J. Abrams directed a ...more
24
Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

Released: 2013

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
25
Star Wars: The Force Awa... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies Of The 2010s Decade
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 2015

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. ...more